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6/4/14 – 6:46 A.M.

The Union that represents Cooper Tire and Rubber workers is taking aim at Chinese tire manufacturers. The Courier reports the United Steel Workers filed petitions with the International Trade Commission and Commerce Department Tuesday. The filing claims Chinese tire makers are charging less than market value for tires in the United States. The complaint also alleges the Chinese government is giving companies export subsidies so they can afford to sell at a loss in the U.S.

The USW says practices like this can cost tire makers in the U.S. their jobs.

The Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission are both investigating. If they find the claims to be true it would be up to the Commerce Department to put tariffs in place on the Chinese tires.

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6/4/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Members of the Kalida community took the village council to task over a recent vote about wind turbines. The Putnam County Sentinel reports people packed into the latest village council meeting to voice their concerns. At issue was a May 19 vote to deny KMI Incorporated’s request to build wind turbines on their property. A petition signed by 60 Kalida businesses was given to council to show their support for KMI.

Ron Kahle spoke on behalf of the businesses. He said he thought the turbines were a done deal, and should have showed up to support them on May 19. The newspaper reports that meeting was mostly attended by residents opposed to KMI’s plans.

Council members said the wind turbine option for KMI isn’t dead, but that a different plan may be needed to move forward with them.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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6/4/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Findlay is moving forward with a summer road repaving program. City Council held a first reading on an ordinance that would spend $1.3 million to resurface at least 16 streets at their Tuesday meeting. Earlier this year council approved spending $1.85 million of the city’s capital improvement funds on repaving efforts.

Council will have another reading of the ordinance in two weeks.

Roads scheduled for maintenance:

• Fifth Street from Amelia Avenue to Williams Street;
• Amelia Avenue from Fifth Street to Sixth Street;
• Beachmont Drive from Main Street to Fairmont Drive (including the Oakmont Drive cul-de-sac);
• Orchard Lane from Main Street to Lilac Lane (including Lilac Lane from Orchard Lane to the dead end);
• South West Street from Lima Avenue to Baldwin Avenue;
• Locust Street from Main Street to South West Street;
• Defiance Avenue from Main Street to Howard Street;
• Franklin Avenue from Defiance Avenue to Howard Street;
• Cynthia Court from Glenwood Street to the cul-de-sac;
• Brenda Court from Parkside Place to Bernard Avenue;
• Parkside Place from Bernard Avenue to Markle Street;
• Bernard Avenue from Vincent Street to Parkside Place;
• Glessner Avenue from West Sandusky Street to East Main Cross Street;
• Putnam Street from Glessner Avenue to Winthrop Drive;
• Hillcrest Avenue from Northgate Boulevard east;
• Bitterbrush Lane from Fox Fire Lane north.
Alternate routes, if money and time allow, will include Old Mill Road from Windsor Place to the cul-de-sac, Hillcrest Avenue east to Main Street, and Hollybrook Drive from Beecher Street north to Beecher Street south.

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6/4/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A court hearing for the suspects accused of setting a fatal fire in Fostoria shed more light on what may have led up to the incident. The Courier reports Fostoria Police Detective Shilo Frankart testified in the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Tuesday. He said 31-year-old Shey Weiker threw a lit railroad flare into a home at 614 South Poplar Street because she believed the owner of the house had raped her son. 48-year-old Danny Marker Jr. was killed in the fire along with 44-year-old Tara Lynn Vance. 49-year-old Dana Weatherall is still in a Toledo Hospital being treated for burns.

Frankart said police were investigating the alleged rape.

Weiker is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted aggravated murder. She also faces four counts of aggravated arson and one count of tampering with evidence.

Weiker and her alleged accomplices all requested their bonds be reduced, and were all denied. 44-year-old Charles Schaeffer and 20-year-old Timothy Hall are also facing charges in the case.

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6/3/14 – 10:28 A.M.

Hancock County officials are working to drive more people to the fairgrounds. Commissioner Brian Robertson says it will cost a little under $600 to place 15 additional directional signs around the county. The signs would direct people to the fairgrounds from high traffic areas to draw in people from out of town.

Robertson says the county is working with the city on the potential project. So far no funds have been committed to the extra signage.

The Hancock County Fair will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

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6/3/14 – 7:16 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a break-in at the park in Arlington. The Courier reports village council discussed the problem last night. A hot dog roller and food were taken from the park’s concession stand recently. Councilman Terry Huffman wondered if more patrols were needed at the park.

Council also briefly considered a new locking system for the facility.

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6/3/14 – 6:56 A.M.

A man accused of breaking into cars in Fostoria appeared in court last week. The Review-Times reports 24-year-old William North pleaded guilty to a charge of theft. North and a juvenile were arrested on April 29 after police were called about break-ins on the south side of town.

North is scheduled for a pretrial hearing June 16.

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6/3/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A Findlay bicyclist suffered minor injuries Monday when she ran a stop sign and hit an SUV. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened around 5:20 p.m. at the intersection of H Street and Tiffin Avenue. 18-year-old Brittany Gentry was riding on H street when she hit a Chevy Tahoe driven by 57-year-old Gordon Berry of Findlay.

Gentry was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. She was also cited for failing to stop for a stop sign.

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6/3/14 – 5:25 A.M.

One person was hurt in a Monday morning crash near Findlay High School. The police department reports two cars collided at the intersection of Broad and West Foulke Avenues just after 7 a.m.

A car driven by 26-year-old Everth Argueta of Cincinnati ran into a vehicle driven by 46-year-old Brent Weber of Findlay. A passenger in Argueta’s car, 19-year-old Stephany Rivera, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Argueta was cited for change of course.

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6/3/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Bluffton has a new mayor today. The Courier reports Judy Augsburger was sworn in Monday night. Augsburger takes the position less than five months after she was sworn in as the third female council member in the village’s history. She was named village council president last month when Mitch Kingsley stepped down.

Kinglsey was in line to become mayor after Dennis Gallant announced he would resign to take a job in Sandusky. However Kingsley decided to step down from his seat because of changes coming to the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System. That means that Augsburger will fill the rest of Gallant’s term, which expires next year.

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